The duo of Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum pulled off an impossible win in a rain-affected game against the hosts St. Kitts in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Trinbago Knight Riders chased down the target of 88 in the sixth over in what was a sixes carnival for the viewers.
It was a nail-biting clash between the table toppers of the tournament full of twists and turns due to rain and power failure in the stadium. As it has been a trend this season or in most T20s, the visitors won the toss and chose to chase on a good batting track deck.
On their home ground, Gayle and Lewis opened the innings in majestic style once again. However, the after the dismissal of Lewis, the play stopped frequently, once due to power failure and then due to rain which forced the game to be reduced to 13 overs a side. Then Gayle launched his storm and scored a magnificent 93 off just 47 deliveries.
The universe boss smashed 8 sixes and five boundaries and helped his team to reach 162 for 3 in 13 overs. The Knight Riders needed to chase down a daunting total of 170 as D/L method was applied after the Gayle storm.
Brendon gave a blazing start to the Knight Riders as the veteran took Brathwaite to the cleaners in the second over of the chase. But Samuel Badree and Ben Hilfenhaus soon dismissed a wicket each to surprise the visitors. Once again there was a rain interruption as TKR were reeling at 34/2 in 3.1 overs.
After the resumption of the game, the target was further reduced to 86 off six overs. Now the visitors need to finish almost an impossible chase of 52 off 17 balls. Darren Bravo and McCullum started the Carnival of sixes there on as they took 23 off Nabi. That brought down the equation to just 10 off the last over. Bravo hit gigantic maximums again and took his team over the line.
The southpaw got his form back in style as he scored 38 off just 10 deliveries with 6 sixes and Brendon McCullum hit 5 fours and 3 sixes on his way to a 14-ball 40. A total of 23 sixes were hit in 18.2 overs in the match which has to be a record as far as shortened matches are concerned.
Here is the video of Darren Bravo’s knock: